The New York Senate has agreed to outlaw use of portable electronic devices to text, play games or surf the Web while driving.
Drivers could face fines up to $150 for using handheld devices or laptops to send text messages or read, view or transmit images or data. Fines could be imposed only as a secondary offense after a driver is pulled over for breaking another law. It’s already illegal in the state to talk on a cell phone while driving.
The Assembly already approved the bill.
Meanwhile Republican senators late Thursday afternoon say Democratic leaders are still putting off a floor vote on a measure to reinstate mayoral control of New York City schools. Democrats say talks about revisions continue.
Just last week, Suffolk County Executive William Steinhaus said he wouldn’t veto a law against sending text messages while driving in the county. His decision means the law will take effect in the county once filed with the state.